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By Steve Breazeale
Boys Soccer Wins League Title
Following a convincing 4-0 road win over Capistrano Valley on Feb. 11, the San Clemente boys soccer team officially wrapped up South Coast League play, and a third consecutive league championship.
The Tritons (21-2-1, 5-1 league) junior forward Blayne Martinez scored twice, and Bryce Kaminski tallied one goal and one assist and senior McKay Reece netted a goal in the win. Kaminski has now scored 22 goals in 22 games.
The Tritons will surely be given a high seed in the upcoming CIF-SS Division 1 Soccer Championships.
Girls Basketball Clinches League
In their most lopsided contest to-date, the San Clemente girls basketball team left no doubt as to which team will raise the South Coast League hardware in 2014 on Feb. 10.
The Tritons (16-8, 8-0) defeated Laguna Hills in an 83-18 blowout victory, ensuring a solo first-place finish in league.
San Clemente was set to play Aliso Niguel on Feb. 12. Results were not available at press time.
Tritons Girls Water Polo Holds Off Chargers for Solo Finish
It was only fitting that the South Coast League title came down to a late-season match between the San Clemente and El Toro girls water polo teams. The teams were split in the season series heading into Feb. 11’s deciding contest, with the Chargers winning a preseason game back in Dec. and the Tritons claiming a league win in Jan.
When all was said in done at El Toro on Tuesday, the Tritons emerged with a 13-10 win, thanks to a five-goal effort in the fourth quarter.
The Tritons saw a 6-4 second quarter advantage disappear before their eyes in the third, when El Toro (10-16, 5-2) rattled off four goals to make things even 8-8 heading into the fourth. San Clemente was able to rally and outscore their opponent 5-2 and claim the league title.
San Clemente (20-7, 7-0) was led by senior Brigette Kimbrough’s seven goals.
San Clemente is set to finish off their regular season with a road game against Trabuco Hills on Feb. 13. Results were not available at press time.
Wrestling Reaches CIF Dual Quarterfinals
The San Clemente wrestling team did not receive a seed in last weekend’s CIF-SS Dual Meet Championships, but went on to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals.
The Tritons defeated No. 5 Pioneer Valley 41-31 in the first round before losing to Martin Luther King Jr. 45-30 in the quarterfinals.
San Clemente Weight class winners at the event include: Patrick Miller and Hunter Gallaher (108-pound), Sebastian Beltran (115-pound), Noah Fiegener (148-pound), Nathan Clifton (162-pound) and Tyler Howrey (222-pound).
Tyler Meisinger (140-pound), Mike Marshall (172-pound), Zack Adcock (184-pound) and Alex Ames (197-pound) all won both of their matches at the tournament.
Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in print on Feb. 13, stating that Blayne Martinez scored three goals against Capistrano Valley. He scored twice.